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Archive for April, 2009
Posted by Gary Binnie | Apr 28, 2009 @ 07:32 PM | 8,757 Views
After 75 miles on a motorbike to collect a Tx battery, fibre glass cloth and laminating resin (from three different shops) I started wondering how much harder can it get for UK modellers.

It's a mail order world nowadays but I do like to see the goods before I spend the cash. The more it costs the more I want to see it.

I spoke recently to the last surviving major UK kit producer (Chris Foss) and business was so slow that he was considering giving up. I don't know what Flair are up to, their website has been static for two years or more. Cambrian seem to be just going but are advertising a 135 model (BF 109E) with just one photo and minimal details, come on guys.

All a great shame.

What bothers me is that young kit/scratch builders are non-existant now but these guys would be the engineers of the future, it worked for me.

As long as I have got plans, pins, balsa and white glue I should be ok!

Gary
Posted by Gary Binnie | Apr 14, 2009 @ 05:10 PM | 8,293 Views
Well I've been here nearly five years now and not posted anything in my blog spot so I thought I should do something!

Originally from London my parents settled in Oxfordshire (where you can smell the countryside!).

My dad and his younger brother were both keen modellers, RC was 'smoke and mirrors' to them though. 'Uncle Bob' had a double wardrobe stacked full of kits (mostly the KeilKraft scale range) and used to give me one every time we went back to London, like Christmas to me.

My dad liked to design and fly ambitious subjects, probably the most ambitious was a 1/12 scale Avro Lancaster for free flight that appeared briefly at Old Warden in the early 1970s. Only flew once as I remember, big wing over after take off and damaged but not too badly. It still survives and is kept locally.

Dad was a National Service engine fitter with the RAF about the time of the Berlin Airlift and worked on Avro York's, Ansons etc. I followed him in to the RAF, working on jets through the last stages of the Cold War and retired after 23 years service in 2002.

In my time in the RAF I took up full size gliding and eventually became a full category instructor and tug pilot, my last posting was at the RAFGSA Centre teaching Army, Navy and RAF personnel to glide. I don't instruct now due to work committments but I might get back to it.

I currently work for Brawn GP (formerly Honda F1 Racing) in the wind tunnel, knowing not much about F1 I apparently got the job because I knew...Continue Reading